Activities tagged Electronics
15th January 2010
Developing Year 7 and 8’s ideas on developing a green gadget that could be marketed. Four week Project but could be developed further!
Will add resources as they become available!
09th March 2011
Robots competing in olympic events!
Several robot kits bought through Rapid, costing betweeen £10 – £20 each (funded by STEM), were sent directly to all the competing partnership schools in plenty of time for them to construct and decorate their machines during STEM club sessions.
During this time we at SSSO found the construction of the robots was a long and complex process for KS3 students, and focus was sometimes difficult to maintain. However the event itself sparked great interest and lots went into the design and decorating of the robotic athletes. And on the dat students could see how well they constructed their robots by competing against one another, and gain ideas about design by seeing how each school had modified and decorated their robots. Their team work skills were also developed during the olympic event itself.
Teams of 10 students + teachers were invited to attend a day of Olympic themes events hosted in the sports hall of SSSO. The events were selected on the capability of the robots and included; football, shot-put mazes and various track and field sports. Medallions were awarded to the winning schools for each event and an overall trophy for the school with the most medals awarded.
Words from the winning school:
‘A huge thank you for hosting such a tremendously successful day. The pupils couldn’t stop talking about how much they enjoyed it apart from being silenced briefly whilst having to heave the extremely weighty silverware up the school staircase.’
Edward.Westropp, St Michaels RC School
10th May 2011
Fifty-five Year 8 and 9 students worked on a STEM project run by Simon Kettle from STEMWORKS, with support from Greg Lucas, Nick Crocker and Stefan Bucur from EDF Energy, who kindly sponsored the event. The teams were tasked with designing, building and testing a scale model of a crane system designed to lift and lower a Flask Lid of a radioactive container. Taking on the roles of structrual, mechanical and electrical engineers, students were required to use their problem solving skills to the full. All the teams succeeded in producing working models and were complimented on their teamwork and willingness to have a go at tackling a very challenging task. Judging of the various designs considered, the weight of the system, suitability of design, quality of manufacture and final performance. Following a tense lift-off, the team of Angus Brown, Callum Mitchell, Edwin Greves and James Lanfear were declared the runners-up. The winning team made up of Tom Butler, Emily Weller, Amber Cartilidge, Will Cleaver and Connor O’Driscoll now have the opportunity to represent The Cotswold School at a Challenge Event being held at Cheltenham Science Festival.
12th December 2011
A project kit from rapid electronics, which involved building flashing LED to simulate the light at railway crossing. This project involved understanding what variable resistors are and enabling the change of frequency. This project was successfully by the students where each one built their flashing LED kit.
03rd May 2011
The NSEW 2011 Communication theme was used with the local legend of the loss of King John’s Treasure to provide a theatrical performance and science tasks for year 7 pupils and primary school pupils.
Drama teacher Ms Sinclair organised the rehearsala and performance and geology teacher Mr Monger and scientist Dr Dunn organised the Year 8 pupils to run the tasks thar enabled younger pupils to locate and retrieve the treasure.
14th October 2010
The club ran training sessions for Primary School teachers from local schools in preparation for their yr5 classes to come in and build Soccer Robots!!
The year 5 classes then came in, one each Tuesday for three weeks, and were taught how to build the soccer robots, with the help of 10 S3 club members. The schools were then able to take any unfinished robots and soldering equipment back with them to finish them at their own pace.
It was an extremely successsful project and we received great feedback. The S3 members were great helpers!
24th November 2011
Year 10 students from Tudhoe Grange planned and carried out a Lego Mindstorms robotics day for year 6 students from 3 different local primary schools.
The six students from Tudhoe Grange used the knowledge they gained by taking part in the international First Lego league competition and visited each of the primaries for a morning session to teach basic programming and introduce the students to the project. Each primary then chose eight of their year 6 students to come to Tudhoe Grange to compete in the final of the competition.
The tasks completed by the teams varied from programming robots to save people from a volcanic eruption to team building with frogs and dogs! All the tasks were created and produced by the year 10 students involved and they also produced certificates and awards for the top performing teams on the day.
We hope that as well as our year 10 students gaining a BTEC in STEM Leadership from the work they have done, some of the year 6 students involved will be inspired to join the First Lego League team that we currently run in school when they join us in September, helping us better our runners up for teamwork trophy from last years competition!
14th June 2010
“Students are taking part in the construction of solar powered boats to take to the NYBEP inspirations event in York Air museum in July.
So far we have 4 categories of boats pre moulded mono hull pre moulded multi hull a free form hull and an eco green hull made from recycled materials.
The students have been working on the project for 2 weeks only – pictures to follow soon.”
01st June 2011
There are a number of clubs within this project.
Please visit www.woottonracingclub.co.uk
1. Bedford Autodrome School’s Grand Pix
2. Toyota Challenge
3. Scalextric 4 Schools
Each club involves different year groups and different activities.
18th November 2009
Looking at building our own robot. We began with a simple mechanical arm/litter picker to begin with the idea of levers. The following we we ha our Head of Science lead a dissection of a chicken leg, showing us how bones, ligaments, tendons and muscles combine in organisms to help them move. Followed up with a trip to the Robot Zoo exhibition at the Horniman Museum to view their mechanical animals. We are now moving onto building with Lego and making our own robots…